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Obtaining copies of items from the music collections

A range of copying services (including paper-copy, duplicate microfilm, and photography) is available from the British Library.

Without visiting the Library

Please see the Imaging Services webpages for details of how to order copies, and for an online order form and price list. In order to complete the order form, you will need to trace the item required in the catalogues and make a note of the shelfmark or manuscript number.

Where the item is still in copyright, you will also need to supply a letter from the copyright holder giving permission for the Library to make a copy on your behalf.

Please contact us if you need assistance tracing a particular music item in the catalogues.

W.A. Mozart, 'God is our refuge', K. 20 Partial autograph K.10.a.17.(3.) © The British Library Board

W.A. Mozart, 'God is our refuge', K. 20 Partial autograph K.10.a.17.(3.) held by the British Library

In the Rare Books & Music Reading Room

We offer an assisted copy service for on-site users if the music to be copied meets the following criteria

  • the work is out of copyright or a copyright waiver from the publisher/copyright holder is produced
  • there is no microfilm copy available (if there is, copies must be printed from microfilm)
  • the volume is in good physical condition

The Library does not allow digital cameras to be used in the Reading Rooms.


Music Collections
The British Library
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United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7772
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7751

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